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China’s Rectifications and ‘New Normals’
Bhim Bahadur Subba | 15 Feb , 2016 0 comments

Externally, China’s ever growing power has been felt significantly, even more than it previously was. With the Renminbi’s inclusion in the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket under the IMF basket of currencies, the influence of Beijing’s international image has been tremendous. In the domestic sphere, the Communist Party of China (CPC)...

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China-Pakistan Corridor: Tightening noose around Balochi aspirations
Sobdar Baloch | 13 Feb , 2016 1 comment
China-Pakistan Corridor: Tightening noose around Balochi aspirations

I was watching the inauguration ceremony of the Gwadar corridor route passing through occupied Balochistan territory that made me pen down my thoughts on how the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is being hailed as a symbol of undying friendship between Pakistan and China, could very well cause further damage to the already...

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Afghan Peace Process: Headed Down a Blind Alley?
Monish Gulati | 12 Feb , 2016 0 comments
Afghan Peace Process: Headed Down a Blind Alley?

The second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China on the Afghan peace and reconciliation process was held in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 18, 2016, a week after the first round of discussions concluded in Islamabad, Pakistan. The second meeting of the QCG had called on all Taliban...

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Maqbool Bhat: Pakistan’s perfidy and a lost cause
Col Jaibans Singh | 11 Feb , 2016 1 comment
Maqbool Bhat: Pakistan’s perfidy and a lost cause

Maqbool Bhat a resident of Trehgam in Kupwara District of Kashmir was hanged to death in Tihar Jail on 11 Feb 1984 on charges of committing a double murder. Bhat entered the political arena of Kashmir with an ideology of Jammu and Kashmir existing as an independent state. To further his political agenda he founded the Jammu Kashmir Liberation...

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Boundary of division and contention: Pashtun psyche must be addressed
Attaullah Waziri | 10 Feb , 2016 2 comments

A border that was a product colonial jealousy and insecurity, the Durand Line divided what can be claimed as one of the world’s largest ethnic tribes, the Pashtuns, into two separate nation-states, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they compete for political prominence today.  In the late 1880s, the Amir of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahman, started...

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